The week has been full of contradictions. Temps hovering around freezing at night, then a comeback of summer weather in the 80s. We covered our tomatoes and peppers when frost was threatened, trying to eek out as much of our garden as possible before Fall is really here.
I never thought I’d be selling squash, pumpkins and tomatoes side by side. In fact someone mistakenly thought my one pound heirloom yellow tomatoes were actually mini pumpkins.
The most exciting event on the farm happened Sunday afternoon. My parents came to visit and we were showing them the improvements we’d made to the chicken coop. Namely, the added insulation and installation of the chicken nests. Lo and behold there hidden in the straw was our very first egg! Of course I practically started jumping up and down, thrilled, and hollered for Dan. The next morning I found two more, so I hope the trend continues. Our first eggs are small, brown and slightly speckled.
The recent frost nipped the top leaves of our squash and okra, but otherwise everything seems fine. Ironically, the garden has some new growth. I was so shocked to pick a whole gallon of cucumbers when they look pretty dead. We’ve marked the vegetables that are going to be for seed next year. The cucumbers are just about right. Huge and yellow.
The okra is having a second wind. There are blossoms everywhere! They have such a unique looking flower.
And while the pumpkins are underway our watermelon are actually starting to ripen. It hasn’t been the best year, climate wise, for watermelons, but we may get a few. We’ve found 6-8 decent size ones hiding in the gnarly vines. They are a variety called Moon and Stars, with a forest green skin and yellow specks for stars. The moons are yet to be located.
The burst of warm weather encourages the bee population and it’s not uncommon to see bumblebees on our Zinnia flowers bordering the garden.
Earlier this spring a lady from church acquired some herbs a nursery was giving away and gifted them to me. I was thrilled because I always thought it would be so cool to have an actual herb garden. Although the turkeys destroyed a few of them by scratching in the raw dirt in the herb bed trying to “nest,” many survived and are doing well.
Pictured above are sweet basil, lemon basil, apple mint and nasturtium. But that’s not all! I also have dill, cilantro, parsley, hyssop, sage, tricolor sage, thyme, lemon balm, lavender, french tarragon, marjoram and curry. I think I got my wish!
The turkeys have lived up to their name. A few weeks ago they decided to wander over to the greener pastures of our neighbors and stayed there on vacation for two weeks. Dan lured them back to our property and they’ve been very entertaining. Any human being may have food, they reason, so they sprint your direction, sounding the turkey morse code alert. The toms (males) are starting to strut and fluff their beautiful black and white feathers. They look very regal. Their habits are kind of strange when we see them chasing each other in a circle and hopping around. I mean, who needs Animal Planet? We have the live version 24/7!
What ‘choo looking at?
That’s our week on the farm!